"The violence of prison is easy. Putting myself through mental warfare is hard. Yoga and meditation has TRANSFORMED me for the better. Yoga helps me think of healthier and more creative ways to think."

TYP participant, Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford

"I first got into yoga when I was in punitive custody/solitary confinement otherwise known as The Hole. It was very helpful to me physically, mentally, and spiritually. I felt more comfortable in my own body, mentally clear, alert, at peace and more in tune, or attuned, spiritually. Yoga is giving me a new tool for self-control and self-mastery."

TYP participant, Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford

"The mental benefits of yoga are unbelieveable. The yoga path has made me a better person. I am a lot less reactionary- keeping my cool keeps me out of The Hole. The physical benefits have been increased flexibility and strength (it compliments my other workout routines), better digestive health (which is of the utmost importance because both the food and the water here are bad), and I sleep better." 

TYP participant, Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford

"I have regrets every day I wake up in jail knowing how much harm I did to my friend, family, and neighborhood. I wish I could take it all back. Yoga helps me to slow down my thinking process and see life in a different way. I'm mindful that nothing negative can come from yoga and it feels great." 

TYP participant, Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford

"I got into yoga as a means to stretch and strengthen my muscles. While I did stretch and strengthen, I began to notice things about myself that I never knew. Now I can try different things to change. Becoming a good person is about realizing the things we are not satisfied with in our character, accepting the circumstances that have contributed to the attitude or behavior and taking small steps to improve." 

TYP participant, Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford

"Yoga class helps me because it's the one opportunity I get to leave the unit and focus on myself. It's the only class where you allow your body to teach you and to guide you. You get a chance to leave the drama behind at the unit and allow your body to move freely without judgement. It's a class where you get to be yourself. In yoga, you get to make your own decisions. Yoga class is a reflection of life, and you can carry what you learn in yoga outside into the real world."

TYP participant, Montgomery County Youth Center 

"Yoga is a way to help free your soul. It helps calm my anxiety, anger, and stress. It helps manage all of this because it works on relaxation, breathing, balance, and flexibility. It helped me find new ways to be comfortable and taught me a coping skill."

TYP participant, Montgomery County Youth Center

"I have been sober for 28 years and have learned many tools in the 12 step program to remain happy, joyous and free from alcohol.  One of the most fantastic tools I have in my tool box is yoga. Yoga has been a wonderful addition to my program.  It has aided me in many ways. While doing Yoga, I have learned the benefits of meditation. It keeps me centered within myself and aides in healing the mind, body and soul. True happiness comes from within and yoga has helped me find that happiness. I have learned a new way of thinking. Through yoga and sobriety, I'm exploring endless possibilities of growth, leading to the happiness I was always looking for in alcohol and never found."

TYP participant, Yoga For Recovery

"As a recovering addict, I look forward to Transformation Yoga Project classes. The instructor has helped me connect my mind with my body… I’ve always lived in my mind while I abused my body. Yoga is a huge part of my recovery and has given me the strength to work through my demons."

 TYP participant, Yoga For Recovery

 "As a former Special Operations soldier, fitness has always been a part of me. Since Transformation Yoga Project introduced the Yoga Program here, my life has changed. The physical benefits are amazing, but the changes inside are unbelievable. Yoga lowers my stress level and the anger fades. After a few months of practicing, I am once again the jokester who left the farm for Fort Bragg."

TYP participant, Yoga For Veterans